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BWW Workers Accept Detrimental Pension Benefit Changes

BMW workers accept revised pension deal - will more such defined benefit schemes follow suite ?

Workers at BMW, who make the iconic Mini and Rolls-Royce motor cars, have accepted a revised offer over the closure of their final salary scheme.

The vote brings to an end a long-running dispute that brought Mini and Rolls Royce motor car production lines to a halt in a series of walkouts.

The revised offer sees the closure of the final salary pension scheme and workers moved into a defined contribution pension scheme

1000 Final Salary Pension Schemes Face Going Bust

Final salary pension scheme deficits become increasingly worrisome

A new report highlighted in a recent FT article from the Pensions Institute, part of Cass Business School, has shown up to 1,000 defined benefit schemes are at ‘serious’ risk of falling into the Pension Protection Fund.

The report, ‘The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number’, predicts that the businesses of hundreds of employers will become insolvent well before the end of their recovery plans, under which the trustees and sponsor agree contributions to make good the deficit over an agreed number of years.

It shows that on insolvency, these schemes may have insufficient funds to pay members’ pensions in full.

UK Supreme Court Ruling On Divorce May Open Pensions Floodgates

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A controversial Supreme Court ruling could see thousands of ex-wives and husbands pursuing their former spouse for pension pots years after they divorce if no ‘financial order’ was established at the time, experts have warned.

On May 11 2015, the court allowed the latest appeal in the case of Wyatt v Vince. Ms Wyatt was given permission to challenge an earlier ruling in favour of her former husband, after he had appealed a decision to allow a financial claim issued 18 years after their divorce.

GBP 5 bn Pension Hole At Tesco After Worst Year In History

Tesco to close 43 stores and scrap 49 developments

GBP 5 bn Pension Hole At Tesco After Worst Year In History

TESCO has revealed a ballooning pension deficit as property write-downs and changing business practices push it into the biggest loss in its history.

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